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AlexBig Star vocalist/guitarist Alex Chilton has been rescued from New Orleans, according to the group's longtime producer, Terry Manning. Chilton's specific whereabouts at this point are unknown, but several friends report that he is now safe after having waited several days to evacuate his New Orleans home.

As previously reported, Big Star will release its first new studio album since the late 1970s, "In Space," Sept. 27 via Rykodisc. According to a spokesperson, the group will hopefully play a handful of live dates in December. Beforehand, Big Star members Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer have a busy fall schedule on the road with the Posies through a Nov. 25 date in Malmo, Sweden.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NellieOriginally scheduled for an Oct. 18 release, Nellie McKay's sophomore Columbia album, "Pretty Little Head," has been bumped to January.
As previously reported, the album is tipped to feature collaborations with k.d. lang ("We Had It Right") and Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer"), plus the tracks "The Big One," "Columbia Is Bleeding" and "Cupcake," which is said to be about the gay marriage controversy.

The lone date on McKay's fall tour schedule is Nov. 7 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DaveDave Matthews Band has contributed its song "Stand Up (For It)" to the in-game soundtrack for Electronic Arts' (EA) "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06."

"When we were recording 'Stand Up' in the studio, everyone had this reaction that it reminded them of sports," says Matthews, who along with bassist Stefan Lessard confesses to being fans of the EA franchise and Woods. "So I think it was the only song that would really be right for the game."

The game also features electronic tracks by the Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Thievery Corporation and David Holmes. More information can be found at

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.